Originally Posted by skichick33
I'm 5'5" and weight 125 lbs and am 16 years old. I'm a steady advanced level skier and I do everything basically but lately have been loving backcountry but my current Fischer Allure's aren't very cut out for that. I have next to no experience in the park, but am interested in trying it out, so I'm just looking for some nice wide twin tips, that are specifically powder but won't have me falling all over the place on anythign but. thanks for all the advice so far!
You want the Line Pandora 2009 162. It does everything, effortlessly. (NOT the 175, which is a soft noodle - completely different ski design, although it looks the same)
Powder? Fabulous. Just keep the tips up when things flatten out.
Groomers? No problem. They have a conventional sidecut and camber, and fairly good torsional stiffness, so it's not at all difficult to get them up on edge.
Hardpack? Tune the edges to 1 degree base, 2 degree side, and you'll have no problem.
Park? They are super light and easy to swing around. Also the forward mounting point and long tails give you incredible stability on jumps.
Finally, they are a super pretty ski. I get comments on them all the time. They are gorgeous without being excessively "girly."
You should be able to get pretty good deals on the 2009 Line Pandora 162. Or if you can hold out, the 2010 model has an extended tip rocker, which should fix the tip dive issue in shallow powder.
I've demoed the Volkl Kiku 2010, and the 2008 Tough Luv. The Kiku is just fine in powder and probably a better crud buster than the Pandora. But it's heavy and lacks the Pandora's playfulness. The Tough Luv is very heavy and damp and basically just blasts through everything. It is definitely not for the park.
The Pandora is based on the men's Sir Francis Bacon. You can find out more about them at www.lineskis.com
(And no, I don't work for Line. I just love my skis.)